Celebrate the beginning of calving season as the North Atlantic right whales make their annual return to the coastal waters off Georgia and northeastern Florida!
With some estimates as low as just 360 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in the world. When a population is this small, their recovery is dependent upon the protection of each and every remaining whale. Right whales spend much of their year migrating between feeding grounds in the North Atlantic, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, and the warm, coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida where they give birth and nurse their young. The whales begin to arrive in these waters around the end of November and when spring arrives in March and April, the whales will once again make the long journey back to northern waters, often with a new calf in tow.
Take Part In Wildlife Conservation Through Learning
The 8th Annual Right Whale Festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on October 1, 2016 at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
This event has been growing in popularity and now attracts over 4,000 people each year. Join us for live music, food trucks, art and photography, kids’ activities and passport program, a bounce house, displays promoting water recreation and eco-tourism, art and unique gifts for sale, expert speakers, marine conservation organizations, and custom RWF t-shirts! Come early to the Seawalk Pavilion for the morning beach cleanup with Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, or the 5 K race and 2.5 K Fun Run on the beach! More information will be announced in the coming months.
This free, outdoor festival is for all ages and the perfect opportunity to learn about the threats currently facing right whales, like accidental ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Despite federal protection, it’s believed that there are fewer than 550 North Atlantic right whales in existence today.
The RWF is the sister festival to the Farewhale Festival which was held on Tybee Island last March, bidding the whales “farewell” as they migrated to their northern feeding grounds.
Want to be an exhibitor at the 2016 RWF?
An application to exhibit at this year’s festival will be available in the coming weeks. Check back soon!